In the annals of American medicine, this is a historic occasion. Tonight, the American Medical Association, in its inaugural ceremony, is speaking not just to doctors, but to the American people—on two nationwide radio networks, reaching into every state and into every corner of the country.
There is a vital reason for this new policy. Our affairs are no longer just medical affairs. They have become of compelling concern to all the people. American medicine has become the blazing focal point in a fundamental struggle which may determine whether America remains free or whether we are to become a socialist state, under the yoke of a government bureaucracy, dominated by selfish, cynical men who believe the American people are no longer competent to care for themselves. In view of the challenge which confronts us, it is with a deep sense of responsibility that I begin my year of stewardship as
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